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As commercial producers yearn for a return to normal, will subsidised theatre play it safe or break the mould?

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Online shows, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

Some commercial producers, it appears, wanted the old order to be restored and business to proceed as normal, hence the rush to re-open as quickly as it was legally possible to do so back in November after we emerged from the second lockdown.

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NEWS: The Wardrobe Ensemble follows Education in the West End with Pelican Daughters in Edinburgh

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After they make their West End debut with the transfer of 1990s-set Education Education Education, award-winning company The Wardrobe Ensemble conclude this summer with a return to the Edinburgh Fringe and their brand-new, contemporary tale The Last of the Pelican Daughters.

BRAVE NEW WORLD – Touring

In Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

Energy and fidelity to the intriguing source material are not enough to distinguish Brave New World at the King’s, in a touring production marred by odd choices and a curious lack of life.

Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel tells of a world divided by genetic design into castes – Alpha, Beta and so on – and controlled by drugs, recreational sex and facile diversions. Into this world comes ‘John the Savage’, an outsider from a reservation, raised on family, religion and Shakespeare – all of which civilisation has banned.

Theatre Diary: Only Forever, Brave New World and See What I Wanna See

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Off-West End, out of town and out of this world. I’ve seen a few shows recently that have left me feeling distinctly disquieted… for their visions of the future, their distortions of the past and potential armageddons. As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order, and the first on the list, Only Forever, finishes […]

BRAVE NEW WORLD – Northampton and touring

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Hot on the heels of Headlong’s obliquely brilliant treatment of 1984 comes a rival dystopia: Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1931, eighteen years before Orwell and before the second war: the comparison is fascinating. Orwell saw ordinary people, recognizable but crushed by brutality and surveillance, thoughtcrime punished and history denied by violence. Its science is basic – telescreens, shredded newsprint and photos.